By Phil Jennings
IT will be no surprise to see Aston Villa make Tyrone Mings’ loan spell a permanent signing – the question is simply when?
The player has made no secret of the fact that a move to Villa Park would suit him perfectly after an uncertain time at Bournemouth.
Mings has proved his injury problems of the past are behind him and he is a firm fans’ favourite.
And England rugby star Jonathan Joseph has suggested on Instagram that Mings has suggested he will sign for Villa.
Mings and Joseph are pals, and Villa fans were keen to get updates on the centre-back’s future, when the England rugby ace conducted a question and answer session on social media.
The Telegraph have suggested that Villa will need to pay £15million to get Mings on board for next season.
And with owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris ready to spend big on new players this summer, that should be well within Villa’s budget.
Mings does not represent a risk as things stand as he has emerged as one of the Championship’s top players since arriving at Villa in January. There are nagging concerns over his fitness, but Villa have had plenty of time to assess how Mings would bear up over the course of a season. Bournemouth could keep him of course, but they have already signed a left sided defender in Liam Kelly from Bristol City. Surely it cannot be long before Villa wrap up the deal.
Villa are also reported to be ready to spend £20million on Brentford striker Neal Maupay with Smith starting a major rebuild ahead of the new season.